Relive Campus History with University AlbUM


Did you know that you can browse historic University of Maryland photographs online anytime you want? Just check out University AlbUM! The site hosts a wide variety of photos ranging from athletics to campus life. Feel free to browse by decade using the drop-down box, or search for subjects and keywords using the search box.

You can even search for and watch historic University of Maryland football games!

UMD’s Katrina Connection

Today, as the nation marks the 10th anniversary of landfall for Hurricane Katrina, we honor the contribution that the Mighty Sound of Maryland, the university’s marching band, made to recovery from that devastating storm.

Shortly after the band performed in support of the Terps’ win at the Champs Sports Bowl on December 29, 2006, 250 members of the band loaded all their equipment and uniforms along with work clothes and tools into five black UMD buses and headed west for New Orleans. Inspired by the Musicians’ Village project, the brainchild of Harry Connick Jr. and Branford Marsalis, the MSOM spent a week helping construct new housing so NOLA’s players could return to the city famous for its music.

When they weren’t busy building houses, band members had numerous opportunities to perform, including at the kickoff to Carnival season in front of City Hall and as part of the Krewe of Alla’s Mardi Gras parade. The band also had a chance to meet Marsalis and Connick, who visited their worksite to thank the MSOM for the contribution to the relief efforts.

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Following their return home, many band members commented on the impact the trip had on them personally, among them saxophonist Mike Loveless, who told TERP magazine in 2007: “I can’t tell you the number of times people asked what we were doing and then thanked us for our help. It was sort of overwhelming.”

You can find more of the history of the UMD marching band in the new exhibit “Musical Milestone” on display on the first and second floors of McKeldin Library through January 2016.

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A Guide to Good Corn, c. 1908

As we begin to say goodbye to the longer days of summer, we thought it a good opportunity to look back at UMD’s agricultural heritage and a guide to one of summer’s staples, corn.

Prior to becoming the University of Maryland in 1920, Maryland Agricultural College leadership worked diligently to promote and study the crops of Maryland, and corn received its share of attention.  Indeed, corn was one of the focuses of an agricultural exhibit staged by the state (with the participation of the college) at the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition, informally known as the St. Louis World’s Fair.

In the image below, you see a guide to selecting good corn, written by MAC and UMD agriculture professor W.T.L. Taliaferro, and published in the state’s Farmer’s Institute programs for 1908-1909.

"Expert Criticism of Ear, 1908-1909." UMD Special Collections and University Archives, Farmers Institute publications, UPUB F10.

“Expert Criticism of Ear, 1908-1909.” UMD Special Collections and University Archives, Farmers Institute publications, UPUB F10.

Taliaferro ably served the university for 45 years, retiring only when a new state law forced him to at the age of 80 in 1937.  Taliaferro is pictured below with Agriculture Department Chair and former MAC president Harry J. Patterson, who also fell subject to the same mandatory retirement law that year.  Taliaferro passed away in College Park in 1941 at the age of 84.

UMD Agriculture Department Faculty, 1936. 1936 Reveille yearbook, page 42.

UMD Agriculture Department Faculty, 1936. 1936 Reveille yearbook, page 42.

Spotlight on Success: Teaching with Special Collections


UMD Archives offers the same sort of services as part of Special Collections and University Archives! Think about lining up a class as the semester grows closer.

Originally posted on Special Collections and University Archives at the University of Maryland:

Did you know there are rich collections of primary source material available right here on campus?

Special Collections and University Archives librarians are prepared to assist you and your students achieve instructional goals. You are already aware of the ways in which Pat Herron, librarian for the English department, can help you and your students learn basic research skills.

Christina Walter and HHUM106 students Christina Walter and HHUM106 students

SCUA librarians can help students interested in using primary source materials. We can provide a variety of instructional opportunities:

  • Set up a tour of the gallery exhibit or to go “behind the scenes”
  • Select materials for students to use throughout the semester
  • Invite a librarian to your classroom to describe our collections
  • Bring students to the library for librarian-led instruction on primary source research

Whatever your needs, a librarian will be selected to work closely with you and to design a tailored learning experience for your…

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Girl Scout messenger of WWI: Eugenia Clement.


Great post about one of our alumnae!

Originally posted on American Women in World War I:

GSfigClement Eugenia Clement, from U-Maryland’s yearbook Reveille (1926)

The 15 July 1918 Brooklyn Daily Eagle discusses Surgeon General William C. Gorgas’s use of 46 Girl Scouts as messengers so that men could be released for service in World War I. Gorgas followed the example of General Enoch Crowder, the army’s provost marshal, who employed Girl Scouts for the same purpose.

Among the girls listed and lauded for their discipline and “practical patriotism” is DC-born Eugenia Clement. Clement, aka Eugenia Clement Brooke (1906–71), was the first woman to take a course in University of Maryland’s College of Engineering and was a member of UM’s winning rifle team. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mathematics from UM in 1926 and 1927, had positions at the Naval Ordnance Lab and Goddard Space Flight Center, and worked on the Apollo 11 mission.

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The Great Crater of 1927?

As many University of Maryland alums know all too well, the great fire of 1912 that destroyed the campus’ main administration and barracks threatened the future of the then-named Maryland Agricultural College.  Yet the college responded quickly, building a new dormitory, Calvert Hall, that celebrated its centennial in 2014.  But did you know that the barracks remained in more than spirit for many more years?

In a recent review of the earliest alumni newsletter, the June 1927 Alumni Log, we discovered this intriguing statement:

Alumni Log, June 1927.  Full issue available online at

Alumni Log, June 1927. Full issue available online at

According to the above statement, remnants of the barracks remained for a full fifteen years after the fire.  To verify the statement, we then reviewed aerial photos in the Archives from 1926 and 1927, and we found the “hole” in question:

Aerial of University of Maryland campus, 1927.  The remnants of the barracks are within the red outlined area.

Aerial of University of Maryland campus, 1927. The remnants of the barracks are within the red outlined area. To view the original image, visit our digital image site at

Apparently it’s always taken a long time to get things done at Maryland.

Fifty Years Ago…Al Danegger is Photog of the Year

In the spring of 1965 university photographer Al Danegger was named University Photographer of the Year.  Al was a tremendous recorder of all things University of Maryland, and he served in the post of campus photog for almost 50 years.  Al passed away in 2013, but his work serves as fantastic documentation of campus events from his long tenure.  To see what we posted about Al in 2013, click here.  To see even more examples of Al’s fantastic photography, click here.

Article from The Maryland Magazine, May-June 1965. Available online at

Article from The Maryland Magazine, May-June 1965. Available online at

A Blaze of…Charity?

The University Archives notes the passing of Blaze Starr, an iconic Maryland figure who once had a very interesting connection with the university. Miss Starr died on June 15, and you can find her obituary here:

We reprise the story of Blaze and the residents of Dorchester Hall here, from a blog post originally published on Terrapin Tales in 2013.

Everyone participates in raffles at some point, whether for small door prizes or new cars.

But back in May of 1969, according to the student newspaper the Diamondback, a couple of industrious UMD students thought they’d offer something unique.

What the gentlemen of Dorchester Hall offered was an evening’s entertainment—with the famous (or infamous) Blaze Starr.

Blaze Starr

Blaze Starr–click HERE to read the Diamondback article from May 2 1969.

Starr had long been a stripper and burlesque dancer, starting in Baltimore in 1950. By 1969 she had gained national notoriety as the long-time mistress of the former Governor of Louisiana, Earl K. Long, and had returned to Baltimore, where she danced at the Two O’Clock Club, which she owned.

The Dorchester Hall raffle was part of the campus’ Ugly Man on Campus Contest, which raised money for charity. Each organization or group put forth their “Ugly Man,” and people voted with their money. The “Man” (a student made up to look horrible) responsible for ‘earning’ the most money got a night on the town, and their sponsoring group won bragging rights. The money went to local charities around College Park.

Ugly Man on Campus, 1954

Ugly Man on Campus, 1954

And the winners of the raffle? “Free champagne and a stage show for himself and a guest at his convenience.”  Unfortunately, we have not discovered if the raffle was successful, or if the prize was ever redeemed.

Who Was….UMD Alum and Tony nominee Bill “Bing” Johnson?

As the 1945 alumni magazine article below attests, Bill “Bing” Johnson (’36) was an extremely talented individual.  An engineering major from Baltimore, Johnson’s first love was performance, and he was a notable member of the university’s dramatics group, the Footlight Club.  He starred on both stage and screen, though he was better known for his Broadway performances, garnering a Tony nomination for the role of “Doc” in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s final musical, 1955-1956’s “Pipe Dream,” based on a John Steinbeck novel. Johnson was also a charter member of the Broadway Show League, a softball league full of Broadway stars and staffers organized in 1955.  Johnson died suddenly of a heart attack in March of 1957, and the BSL created its first-ever MVP award in his name.


The University Archives Acquires the Papers of Jerome Forrest

The papers of a former University of Maryland graduate student, Jerome Forrest, who studied under Dr. Gordon W. Prange, are now accessible at the University Archives.


Dr. Gordon W. Prange was a professor of history at the university from 1937 until his death in 1980. He is best known for his research on the December 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor by Japanese forces during World War II and is responsible for bringing to the university a collection of Japanese print publications issued during the early years of the Occupation of Japan, 1945-1949, entitled The Gordon W. Prange Collection. The University Archives also houses a collection of his personal papers; you may consult the finding aid for this collection on ArchivesUM at

Jerome Forrest was an associate of Dr. Prange prior to enrolling at the university and conducted a series of interrogations with Dr. Prange between 1947 and 1951; the transcripts of those interrogations as well as correspondence between Prange and Forrest are included in this collection.

Dr. Prange convinced Forrest to enroll in the University of Maryland as graduate student to study under him in 1951. Forrest took one course on Recent Far Eastern Politics in the spring of that year before withdrawing from the university. He went on to pursue a career as an economist and trade negotiator and continued to work for the U.S. government from the 1950s to the 1970s before working as a consultant for the remainder of his career. His interest in U.S. involvement in the Far East never waned and was tied into his work as an economist and trade negotiator. He edited and published many publications relating to the Far East post-World War II, and that work is present within this collection as well.

Mr. Forrest passed away on May 18, 1998, and his daughter and grandson, June and Jeffrey Stanley, have graciously donated his papers to the University Archives. These papers are closely related to the Papers of Gordon W. Prange and will serve as a great companion to that collection as well as other collections relating to Far Eastern studies.

For more information about the Papers of Jerome Forrest or Gordon W. Prange, contact University Archivist Anne Turkos (301-405-9060;